Pullbox Reviews: Three books by Frank Candiloro – Lessons to Learn

Insert Coin
Monster Zero
Beyond the Moon

Writing and Art by Frank Candiloro
Franken Comics – available now!

Beyond The Moon, 2013

Beyond The Moon, 2013

Cover Insert Coin Candiloro

Insert Coin, 2015

Cover Monster Zero Candiloro

Monster Zero, 2014

Monster Zero page

page from Monster Zero

In preparation for the release of his new comic, Black, Melbourne creator Frank Candiloro gave The Pullbox a taste of his creative talents with three previously released titles: fantasy story Beyond the Moon, and the more closely connected Monster Zero and Insert Coin.

Beyond the Moon is an introduction to Candiloro’s graphic art style with wordless storytelling, as the two main characters are transported from their grim reality to a world of magic and music. The most recent offering, Insert Coin, is a story of how a parent’s childhood joy (video games) takes a bad turn for her daughter due to cyber bullying. They resolve the issue with togetherness and support, a lovely lesson to all who would abuse any type of social interaction online.

The third, Monster Zero, also involves bullying and the depression caused by a constant barrage of negativity. This sweet tale of being different discusses unconventional beauty, finding the courage to ask for help when the world seems to be against you, and finding power within yourself. Personally, I would love to see this book in schools. The main character, Artema, is completely relatable, and I had middle-school flashbacks reading her self-talk. A delightful story, well supported by its quirky and playful artwork.

All three books are available from frankencomics.bigcartel.com. Monster Zero and Beyond the Moon can be purchased currently through Comixology. You can reach Candiloro through his website and view his art on his Tumblr page.

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